Home Theater $25,001-$50,000
Bronze Winner Winner
JVC QMotion
Home Theater Bachelor Pad on a Budget
Home Theater $25,001-$50,000
Home Theater Bachelor Pad on a Budget
A new father gets a basement escape without tapping his kids' college fund.
Photo by Scott Braman
View Slideshow

June 13, 2007 by Arlen Schweiger

The home theater in the basement of this Monroe, NJ, residence was not quite what the homeowner had originally envisioned. When the client talked to system designer and installer Allwired Technologies and heard that the plans were nearing a $100,000 job, he realized it was a bit over budget—$55,000 over. He ended up with a pretty good plan B theater, though.

Not only was Allwired on a tight budget to stay under $45,000, it was on a tight schedule, too: The couple, which had recently relocated from Canada, had twins on the way.

“Even though they were having the babies, he also wanted an ultimate bachelor pad in the basement,” says Bob Smith of Allwired. “The basement is 100 percent his, and I think he’s proud of getting a competitive home theater without blowing the bank on it.” Smith adds that the homeowner enjoys letting Allwired use the theater as a showcase for other potential clients who are seeking to remodel their basements at a similar price range.

A 123-inch Stewart Firehawk screen and Optoma high-definition DLP projector provide the video, while recessed and hidden Boston Acoustics speakers and Sunfire subwoofers let the sound flow. Recessed behind a two-piece custom grille, left, center and right speakers and two subs were laid across the area below the Firehawk screen, allowing for some extra depth to the theater display wall.

Smith says the homeowner pored over magazines searching for ideas for the room’s appearance and ended up with a look that incorporated his own tastes, especially when it came to choosing the carpet, seating and wall color. Seating for 11 was provided by Beech, and Allwired installed a dry bar behind the second row of theater seating in front of a last-row set of bar stools.

When dad wants some time to himself or wants to invite a few buddies over to hang out after the babies are asleep, he can head into the theater—or one of the basement’s other attractions that make it a great getaway, like the billiards table, full wet bar, arcade games and workout room. When he wants to show movies to a group, it begins with a true cinema feel. A touchpanel setting for INTRO dims the lights and cues a secondary DVD player, whose only job is to run a “Welcome to Our Theater” on-screen introduction.

Acoustic treatment features Green Glue soundproofing material sandwiched between two layers of 5/8-inch Sheetrock, spray foam insulation behind the wall, a solid-core raised-panel door and rerouted HVAC ductwork. That way, when mom is feeding the babies in the kitchen directly above dad’s home theater, he can crank the volume to room-shaking levels and not worry about the twins falling out of their high chairs.

Follow Electronic House on Facebook and Twitter.
Find an Installer in your Area — Find custom electronics installers who provide infrastructure wiring, lighting systems, security, home automation, audio and video systems, and much more. Find an Installer
Home Theater $250,001+
Gold Winner: Theater Built Without Attachments
Silver Winner: An Audio System that Spares No Expense
Bronze Winner: High Stakes Home Theater
Home Theater $100,001-$250,000 Gold Winner: Colonial House Gets Home Theater Update
Silver Winner: Vintage Home Theater
Bronze Winner: Return of the "Titanic" Theater
Home Theater $50,001-$100,000
Gold Winner: The Multipurpose, Multitasking Entertainment Room
Silver Winner: Benefits of the Latest and Greatest
Bronze Winner: Home Theater with Waterfalls
Home Theater $25,001-$50,000
Gold Winner: Big Room Requires Big Theater
Silver Winner: Room Within Room Traps Theater Sound
Bronze Winner: Home Theater Bachelor Pad on a Budget
Home Theater $10,001-$10,000
Gold Winner: Experience Pays Off With Second Theater
Silver Winner: Three-Car Garage Reborn as Home Theater
Bronze Winner: Homeowner Expertise Leads to Easy Theater Installation
Green Home
Gold Winner: Electronics and Environment Coexist in EcoManor

Family/Media Room
Gold Winner: Commissioning a Theater Masterpiece
Silver Winner: Push a Button, Pick a Screen
Bronze Winner: Kid-Friendly Home Theater
Fun Room
Gold Winner: Remodeled A/V Rec Room Serves as Icebreaker
Silver Winner: Old Boat Turned into Unique Bar
Bronze Winner: The A/V Comfort Cave
Gold Winner: Kitchen With Perfect Line of Sight
Silver Winner: Dual LCDs Pop Up from Kitchen Counter
Bronze Winner: An Easy Recipe for Kitchen Music
Master Bath
Gold Winner: Music and Convenience Combine in Master Bath
Silver Winner: Video Screen Hidden Within Bathroom Mirror
Bronze Winner: The Three-Room Bathroom
Master Suite
Gold Winner: TV Lift Built into Wood Floor
Silver Winner: Bedroom Features His and Hers A/V Systems
Bronze Winner: Clunky Media Center Makes Way for Classy A/V
Outdoor Space
Gold Winner: Inflatable Screen, Custom A/V Create Ultimate Party Pool
Silver Winner: Professional Pitcher Warms Up in Tech Spa
Bronze Winner: Watch Video from Both Sides of a Screen
Wow Factor
Gold Winner: Professional Designer Raises Bar in Her Own Home
Silver Winner: Full Control: From TVs to Tiki Torches
Bronze Winner: A Stickler for True Home Theater

Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.


Allwired Technologies
Lakewood, NJ


FREE Charter Platinum Membership
Claim your FREE Charter Platinum Membership to EH Network and receive 6 FREE issues of EH Magazine.*
First Name
Last Name
Email Address

We understand your email address is private. By granting you access to the EH Network, you agree to receive email communications from us, including our newsletters. You can manage your subscription at any time in the future.
* The new EH Network launches and your free subscription begins December 2014.


Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.